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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Dorchester is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 125,947. Dorchester is in Suffolk County. Living in Dorchester offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Dorchester there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dorchester and residents tend to be liberal.
About Dorchester...
Population
125,947

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$339,910
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,302
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%
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Dorchester Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    527.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    275.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    482.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,410.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    327.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$49,926
National
$55,322
Families with Children
30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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I have lived in Dorchester for the absolute majority of my life and, not to sound biased, but it is definitely my favorite town in Boston. The accessibility to public transportation, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, and basically anywhere else you might need to go is awesome. The scenery is also beautiful as there are many historical buildings and public areas with lovely nature. One of the only downsides is the cost of living, but I know it could be worse. The neighborhoods are very close-knit and overall, the people are just super friendly and accomodating to everyone no matter who they are. I love Dorchester and am a proud DotRat (our nickname)!
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Dorchester is lovely and I have been living there for about 4 years. It's super close to Boston and easy to get to the city via red line. There are amazing local shops to eat at (Shanti, Bahn mi ba le, McKenna's). Close to UMass Boston, so it's ideal for students! Rent is going up, but it still pretty affordable for the time being.
Dorchester is the largest neighborhood in Boston; roughly the size of nearby Cambridge. To say it's a "bad" area is simply not true- there are areas that are worse off than others, true, but it's a changed place from 20 years ago. It's a great place to grow up, with a booming real estate market (HUGE authentic Victorian houses) that are perfect for a young family. It's located right on the red line, about 15 minutes to Park Street. Plenty of opportunities for food with the new restaurants that have been popping up- get on board while you can!